Celebrated scientist Stephen Hawking is in the market for a new “voice,” and, as luck would have it, there are plenty of stars desperate to get the fruits of their vocal chords associated with one of the greatest minds in modern physics.
Or so a new video would have us believe. It was released Friday (March 24) to coincide with the airing of Red Nose Day in the U.K., an all-night televised charity drive to raise money for Comic Relief.
A host of A-listers auditioned for the role, ranging from Liam Neeson, Simon Cowell, and Stephen Fry to Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, and Lin-Manuel Miranda, while Geri “Ginger Spice” Halliwell, Gordon Ramsay, and even Miss Piggy gave it their best shot.
John Boyega gave it a go, pointing out his recent space experience would put him in a good position for knowing about black holes, but it was his fellow Star Wars actor Felicity Jones who arguably had a bigger claim to the role: she played Stephen’s wife in The Theory of Everything, after all.
Finally though came the most obvious choice: Eddie Redmayne. He of course not only played a young Hawking alongside Felicity, but also won the Oscar for Best Actor for his efforts.
Hawking, however, was unimpressed. Watch to see what happens (and which British icon eventually gets the job).
It’s not the first time Hawking has shown his funny side. Just last year he went head-to-head with Paul Rudd, while in 2015 he starred in a sketch with Little Britain‘s David Walliams, and took the opportunity of a serious Q&A in the same year to give hope to One Directioners everywhere.
You can watch the full Red Nose Day special in the U.S. on May 25. Also airing that same night is the new 10-minute Love Actually sequel with many of the original cast, including Hugh Grant, Keira Knightley, and Andrew Lincoln reprising their roles.
Be sure to get your copy! You can pre-order now on Amazon!
MarketWatch shares that the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is the most pre-ordered audiobook ever … and even better is it features Eddie’s fabulous voice as the narrator!
Mb>Only Harry Potter could turn an encyclopedia into an audiobook best seller
Just how magical is the grip Harry Potter has on Muggle wallets? Consider this: The audiobook edition of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” was Audible’s most preordered title ever, the company told MarketWatch.
Mind you, this audiobook, which goes on sale Tuesday, is not even a reading of the screenplay of the hit 2016 movie, but rather the alphabetical encyclopedia of magical creatures, from Acromantula to Yeti, on which the film is very loosely based. (It’s as if “Audubon’s Birds of America” suddenly became an audiobook best seller.)
“There are some really great tongue-twister words in here,” said narrator Eddie Redmayne, who reprised his film role as Newt Scamander for the audiobook. “Occasionally, I had to stop recording just because I was incapable of saying the words without either laughing or getting my tongue in a muddle.”
J.K. Rowling’s short, funny magizoology reference book cast an avada kedavra on Lee Child, whose 2016 “Night School” held the prior record for most preordered audiobook, Audible spokeswomen Esther Bochner said, though the Amazon AMZN, -0.03% subsidiary declined to share specific sales figures.
Since being released in November 2015 on Audible, more than 3 million Harry Potter audiobooks have been sold, Bochner said.
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The Harry Potter wizarding universe continues to expand to meet the insane demand that will likely extend the franchise across generations the way Disney DIS, -0.09% has managed with the Star Wars and Marvel franchises.
For Harry Potter audiobook fans, the most hoped-for new publication would be a recording of the stage play “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.” Currently an impossible-to-get ticket in London’s West End, the show is slated to head to Broadway in 2018. To date, Rowling and Audible have been mum on whether there would ever be an audiobook version of the play.
Time gives us a sneak peek at Eddie narrating the Fantastic Beasts Audiobook.
J.K. Rowling fans will soon be able to revisit the Hogwarts textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them—this time through narration from Eddie Redmayne in the upcoming audiobook.
In a clip shared with TIME, Redmayne, who played Newt Scamander in the film adaptation of Fantastic Beasts, narrates a bit from the book about Golden Snidgets, a small bird that served as a precursor to the Golden Snitch in the game of Quidditch. Redmayne recites the history of the Snidget, and recounts how the bird was hunted nearly to extinction.
The Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them audiobook will be available on March 14. You can preorder the title here. Listen to Redmayne’s narration in a clip on the Time website.
Love this story by Tom Hiddleston on a recent episode of the Graham Norton show.
Mr. Tom Hiddleston, you have come a very long way.
Long before becoming a Hollywood A-lister or earning the role of Loki in the Thor franchise, the actor was just a kid exploring the acting bug in school.
While appearing on The Graham Norton Show, Tom looked back at one of his first roles with a man many will also recognize. Anyone heard of Eddie Redmayne?
“He was a great talent even then,” Tom revealed this week. “He was a huge star and we were in a school production of A Passage to India by E.M. Forster.”
Eddie was playing the female lead as his character took an expedition to a cultural landmark by elephant. As for Tom’s role, it was a bit more different.
“I’m delighted to reveal that I played the front, right leg of the elephant that Eddie was riding on,” Tom shared while laughing. “We’re holding a table with a cushion on top of it and also tablecloths over our faces because our bodies are the elephant.”
Ultimately, both men who attended an all-boys school ended up with great success.
Eddie won an Oscar for his role in The Theory of Everything. He also starred in huge box office hits like Les Misérables and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
As for Tom, he’s found success on both the small and big screen thanks to his roles in The Night Manager, Crimson Peak and the upcoming Kong: Skull Island.
Dreams come true, kids!
Eddie participated in the Cagle Exercise …
Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne reveals when he feels sexiest and much more during Jess Cagle’s burning questions in the Cagle Exercise.
This weekend Eddie attended the BAFTA Awards in London with the beautiful Hannah on his arm. He presented the award for Best Actress to friend Emma Stone.
– Eddie Redmayne Web > 2017 > February 11 | Charles Finch & Chanel Pre BAFTA Party
– Eddie Redmayne Web > 2017 > February 11 | Charles Finch & Chanel Pre BAFTA Party – Inside
– Eddie Redmayne Web > 2017 > February 12 | BAFTA Awards
– Eddie Redmayne Web > 2017 > February 12 | BAFTA Awards – Ceremony
– Eddie Redmayne Web > 2017 > February 12 | BAFTA Awards – Press Room
– Eddie Redmayne Web > 2017 > February 12 | BAFTA Awards – After Party
Eddie shares a message for fans via the Pottermore site.
Watch a very special video message from Eddie Redmayne, which just aired at A Celebration of Harry Potter in Orlando.
A specially recorded message from Eddie Redmayne to fans has just been screened at A Celebration of Harry Potter in Orlando.
The Academy Award-winning actor, who plays Magizoologist Newt Scamander in the film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, couldn’t attend the event in person so he put together a special video message just for fans.
Eddie Redmayne has lent his voice to the new audio book version of the Hogwarts Library book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
More pics are in the gallery from the Golden Globe Awards.
– Eddie Redmayne Web > 2017 > January 8 | Golden Globe Awards
– Eddie Redmayne Web > 2017 > January 8 | Golden Globe Awards – Inside
– Eddie Redmayne Web > 2017 > January 8 | Golden Globe Awards – Audience
– Eddie Redmayne Web > 2017 > January 8 | Golden Globe Awards – Warner Brothers/InStyle Party
– Eddie Redmayne Web > 2017 > January 8 | Golden Globe Awards – Warner Brothers/InStyle Party – Inside
– Eddie Redmayne Web > 2017 > January 8 | Golden Globe Awards – HBO Party – Inside